I just lost my long arse comment again. *face desk*
Readers digest: Late due to DRAMAS! I'm BLIND AND BROKE! Getting glasses within the week.
I hope it's apparent by now that black bordered pages=flashback/night settings. Since it isn't night, it's a flashback. Apparently Noriko willingly let Botan take her appearence in chapter 2. Fu fu fu~
Re Vervain: I tried to get mom to take her back, but I think she lost the receipt.
Re Weaved: Glad you found it again! Welcome back!
Re naiefae: Yes, Noriko's behavior is rather odd. But then again, it's odd that she's rather accepting of Botan--what she is--in general, where as Junko wants nothing to do with the cat. I'm hoping some light will be shed on this quirk of Noriko's and of Botan's habits too.